Senator Mitch McConnell has accepted an invitation to debate Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes on Kentucky Educational Television in October.
KET announced Monday that the incumbent Republican said he would appear alongside the Democratic Secretary of State October 13th on the program Kentucky Tonight.
Senior Director of Communications for KET Tim Bischoff said Libertarian candidate David Patterson, who qualified for the November ballot last week, would not be invited to the KET debate.
Bischoff said candidates were chosen for the event based on specific criteria. Those criteria include the candidate having accepted at least $100,000 in contributions for the current election, and the candidate receiving at least 10% of support in a professional public opinion survey.
Bischoff says under the stated criteria, only Senator McConnell and Secretary Grimes qualify to appear at the KET debate.